That was fast.
On Sunday, Verily, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, launched a new website hyped by Donald Trump. The goal? To schedule and make available coronavirus testing in two Bay Area counties. By Monday morning, however, the site had already blown past its capacity.
“Unfortunately, we are unable to schedule more appointments at this time,” reads the site after users answer a few questions. “Appointments will continue to expand through this program as we scale capacity in the near future. Please check back later.”
This reality — that the Verily program is unable to handle a national or even Bay Area-wide influx of testing requests — is in stark contrast to the mostly baseless claims made by Donald Trump on Friday. Read more…